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Sen. Brooks McCabe, D-Kanawha, announced June 4 he would not seek re-election.

McCabe, 64, said he took time while on vacation with his wife, Barbara, to think through his decision, and he's comfortable with it.

"Both of us agree this is a good time to back away," McCabe said.

McCabe was first elected to the Senate in 1998, and in that time has been chairman of its Economic Development Committee and vice chairman of the Pensions Committee.

He said there are quality candidates in the field, and he thinks it's time for a "change in leadership, in this particular Senate seat."

Delegate Suzette Raines, R-Kanawha, announced April 30 that after her first term in the House of Delegates, she would seek the Senate seat McCabe held.

During her announcement at that time she said she already had spoken to McCabe, and he responded positively to her.

"I appreciate his service and thanked him for that," Raines said at the time.

McCabe, who has more than 30 years of real estate experience, pushed several initiatives during his time at the statehouse, including the fix for the state's Other Post-Employment Benefits, or OPEB, debt, the privatization of workers' compensation and the unsuccessful exploration of metro government.

In his most recent election in 2010, McCabe won 55.87 percent of the vote.

West Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Larry Puccio issued a statement after McCabe's announcement.

"Sen. McCabe will have spent over 15 years in service to the state when his term is up," Puccio said in a prepared statement. "He has spent that time quietly doing what matters most for the citizens of the Kanawha Valley.

"No words can properly express our gratitude for his years of service on the issues that are most critical to the working families of West Virginia. Thank you, Senator."